When Laetare Divine Services are though, it seems Lent has tilted - it is rushing towards its conclusion. By the day's end, I have only one more adult catechism class left before the Vigil. I will have only one more public school catechism class left for the year. Confirmation for the youth looms on Palm Sunday - now just two brief weeks away.
And then begins the marathon! We're committed to offering the Divine Service for every Sunday and Holy Day of the LSB calendar. When combined with our regular schedule for the weekend, that means we will observe the following:
Saturday before Palm Sunday - Divine Service, 6 p.m.
Palm Sunday - Divine Service with examination of catechumens, 7:45; Divine Service with Confirmation, 10 a.m.
Holy Monday - Matins, 6:30 a.m.; Divine Service, 7 a.m.
Holy Tuesday - Matins, 6:30 a.m.; Divine Service, 7 a.m.
Holy Wednesday - Matins, 6:30 a.m.; Divine Service, 7 a.m.
GREAT THREE DAYS: "From death to life eternal!"
Holy (Maundy) Thursday - Divine Service to begin Triduum, 7:15 p.m.
Good Friday - Chief Service, Noon; Tenebrae Vespers, 7:15 p.m.
Holy Saturday - Great Vigil of Easter, 8:00 p.m.
FEAST OF RESURRECTION: "Christ has arisen!"
Easter - Matins, 6:30 a.m.; Divine Service, 9:00 a.m.
Easter Monday - Matins, 6:30 a.m.; Divine Service, 7 a.m.
Easter Tuesday - Matins, 6:30 a.m.; Divine Service, 7 a.m.
Easter Wednesday - Matins, 6:30 a.m.; Divine Service, 7 a.m.; Compline, 8 p.m.
It's exhausting to look at it, but it's also what we've been in "training" for this Lent, and it is a fabulous feast of LIFE that is being served up to us. We hope that many folks will take advantage of the extra opportunities to receive the Lord's gracious service to us, and to render Him thanks and praise for the most important events in the entire history of the human race!
Lent draws to a close, and Easter's bright joy beckons! Let us haste to meet the Bridegroom!